John A. Germiller, MD, PhD

John A. Germiller, MD, PhD

John A. Germiller, MD, PhD, is an attending surgeon and Director of Clinical Research in the Division of Otolaryngology (ENT) at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.

Areas of Expertise: General pediatric otolaryngology, Cochlear implantation, Pediatric ear disorders
Locations: Main Campus; Specialty Care & Surgery Center, Bucks County
Appointments and Referrals: 1-800-TRY-CHOP (1-800-879-2467)

Education and Training

Medical School

MD - University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI (Graduation with Distinction and Graduation with Distinction in Research)


General Surgery - University of Michigan Hospitals, Ann Arbor, MI


Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery - University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI


Pediatric Otolaryngology - The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA

Board Certification


Graduate Degree

PhD in Biomedical Engineering - University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI

MS in Biomedical Engineering - University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI

Titles and Academic Titles

Attending Surgeon

Director of Clinical Research, Division of Otolaryngology

Fellow and Resident Research Advisor, Division of Otolaryngology

Permanent Member, Institutional Review Board (IRB) Committee for the Protection of Human Subjects

Medical Advisor, CATIPIHLER Program

Otolaryngology Consultant, Center for Cornelia DeLange and Related Diagnoses

Associate Professor of Clinical Otorhinolaryngology: Head and Neck Surgery, Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

Conditions Treated

Departments and Services

Research Interests

Hearing loss in children
Disorders of inner ear and auditory nerve development
Cochlear implantation
Congenital abnormalities of the ear
Genetics of hearing disorders




Rohacek AM, Bebee TW, Tilton RK, Radens CM, McDermott-Roe C, Peart N, Kaur M, Zaykaner M, Cieply B, Musunuru K, Barash Y, Germiller JA, Krantz ID, Carstens RP, Epstein DJ: ESRP1 mutations cause hearing loss due to defects in alternative splicing that disrupt cochlear development. Developmental Cell October 2017 Notes: In press.

Schramm JC, Germiller JA: Imaging for Pediatric Sensorineural Hearing Loss (Chapter 5). Pediatric Sensorineural Hearing Loss: Clinical Diagnosis and Management. Anne S, Lieu J. (eds.). Plural Publishing, Page: 53-69, 2017 Notes: In press.


Javia L, Brant J, Guidi J, Rameau A, Pross S, Cohn S, Kazahaya K, Dunham B, Germiller J: Infectious complications and ventilation tubes in pediatric cochlear implant recipients. Laryngoscope. 2015 Sep 7. doi: 10.1002/lary.25569. [Epub ahead of print]

Giordano T, Marchegiani AM, Germiller JA: Children with sensorineural hearing loss and referral to early intervention. ORL Head Neck Nurs. 2015 Summer;33(3):10-4.


Clemmens CS, Guidi J, Caroff A, Cohn SJ, Brant JA, Laury AM, Bilaniuk LT, Germiller JA: Unilateral cochlear nerve deficiency in children. Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery 149(2): 318-325, August 2013. PMID 23678279.



Giordano T, Durkin A, Simi A, Shannon M, Dailey J, Facey H, Wetmore RF, Germiller JA.  "Celecoxib For Pain Control After Tonsillectomy In Children: A Randomized Controlled Trial." Accepted for podium presentation at the 2019 Spring Meeting of the American Society of Pediatric Otolaryngology (ASPO), Austin, TX. (J. Germiller presenting.)


Germiller JA.: Influence of skeletal muscle on embryonic long bone development. Ph.D. Dissertation, Ann Arbor, MI 1996.



Schramm JC, Germiller JA: Imaging for Pediatric Sensorineural Hearing Loss. (Chapter 5).  Pediatric Sensorineural Hearing Loss: Clinical Diagnosis and Management.  Anne S, Lieu JE, Kenna MA (eds.). Plural Publishing, San Diego, CA, Page: 53-69, 2018.


Germiller JA: Congenital Malformations of the Ear. Surgical Pediatric Otolaryngology, 2nd ed. Potsic WP, Cotton RT, Handler SD, Zur KB (eds.). Thieme Medical Publishers; New York, NY, Page: 57-99, 2016.


Mudd P, Germiller JA: Otolaryngology. The Philadelphia Guide: Inpatient Pediatrics, 2nd ed. Shah SS, Zaoutis LB, Catallozzi M, Frank (eds.). McGraw-Hill Professional, New York, NY, 2013.

Shoman N, Samy RN, Choo DI: Congenital Malformations of the Ear. Congenital Malformations of the Ear. Elden LM, Zur KB (eds.). Springer, New York, NY, 2013 Notes:  Dr. Germiller provided 7 images for use in chapter publication.


Germiller JA: Chronic Disorders of the Middle Ear and Mastoid. Pediatric Otolaryngology Principles and Practice Pathways, 2nd ed. Wetmore RF, Muntz HR, McGill TJ (eds.). Thieme New York, Page: 253-272, 2012.

Javia LR, Ruckenstein MJ: Pediatric Cochlear Implantation. Cochlear Implants and Other Implantable Hearing Devices. Ruckenstein MJ (eds.). Plural Publishing, San Diego CA, 2012 Notes: Photo credit.


Germiller JA: Hearing Loss in Children. Pediatric Otolaryngology: The Requisites in Pediatrics. Wetmore RF (eds.). Mosby Elsevier, Philadelphia, PA, Page: 60-76, 2007.


Germiller JA, Kazahaya K.: Labyrinthitis. Current Pediatric Therapy, 18th ed. Burg FD, Ingelfinger JR, Polin RA, Gershon AA (eds.). Elsevier, Philadelphia, PA, Page: 1127-1130, 2006.


Wong M, Germiller J, Bonadio J, Goldstein SA: Neuromuscular atrophy alters collagen gene expression, pattern formation, and mechanical integrity of the chick embryo long bone. Limb Development and Regeneration. Wiley-Liss, Inc. Page: 587-597, 1993.

Posters and Presentations


Germiller JA, Carey J, Park A: "Pediatric Sensorineural Hearing Loss Update 2018" Instruction Course presented at the AAO-HNS Annual Meeting & OTO EXPO, Atlanta, GA.

Windsor A, Germiller JA: Cochlear Nerve Deficiency in Congenital Bilateral Sensorineural Hearing Loss. Oral presentation at the Annual Meeting of the American Society of Pediatric Otolaryngology (ASPO) April 20-22 2018 Notes: Accepted via abstract 1/19/18; A. Windsor speaker.


Germiller JA, Javia LR, Dunham BP, Kazahaya K: "Rapid Fixation of Thin Cochlear Implants to the Skull Surface Using A Single Resorbable Screw ("Pericraniopexy"). Poster presentation at 15th Symposium on Cochlear Implants in Children (CI2017), San Francisco, CA, July 26-29, 2017.

Michael Cohen MD; John Germiller MD; Kathleen Sie MD; Ken Kazahaya MD; David Horn MD. Panel presentation: Controversies in Pediatric Cochlear Implantation. Annual Meeting of ASPO; 2017 May 20; Austin, TX.

Germiller JA. Medical Evaluation of Unilateral Hearing Loss and Cochlear Implantation Initiatives for Single-Sided Deafness. Oral presentation at CHOP's Audiology Annual Conference; 2017 Feb 9; Philadelphia, PA.

Invited Lectures


Germiller JA. ASPO Education Conference Panel: “Hearing Loss and the Difficult Cochlear Implant”, Emory University, Atlanta GA, 10/6/18.

Germiller JA. “Management of Newborns with CMV and Hearing Loss” CHOP Network CME Lecture to Pediatric Associates, Lakewood NJ (2/8/18)

Awards and Honors

2018, Honors Award, American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery Foundation

2011, CHOP IRB Service Commendation (Physician Scientist)

2007, 3rd Place Poster, Annual Meeting of the American Society of Pediatric Otolaryngology

2005, Ethel Brown Foerderer - Florence R. C. Murray New Investigator Award

2001-2003, Michael M. Paparella Otologic Research Award

2000, Association for Research in Otolaryngology, Resident Research Travel Award

1998, 2nd Place Poster, 2nd International Symposium on the Molecular Control of Organogenesis

1997, Hewlett-Packard Award for Academic Excellence

1997, Albert C. Furstenberg Award for Excellence in Otolaryngology

1996, Spencer Foundation Award, Medical Scientist Training Program

1991, Alpha Omega Alpha National Medical Honorary Society

1988, Summa Cum Laude, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

1987, Pi Tau Sigma (Mechanical Engineering Honor Society)

1987, Tau Beta Pi (Engineering Honor Society)

Editorial and Academic Positions

Editorial positions


2007-present, International Journal of Pediatric Otorhinolaryngology

2006-present, Otolaryngology-Head Neck Surgery

2005-present, Archives of Otolaryngology - Head & Neck Surgery

2005-present, JARO Journal of the Association for Research in Otolaryngology

Academic and institutional committees

2012-present, Permanent Member, Institutional Review Board (IRB) Committee for the Protection of Human Subjects

2008-present, Director Search Committee Member: Cochlear Implant Program

2006-present, Interviewer, Otolaryngology Residency Review Selection Committee

2004-Present, Interviewer, CHOP Pediatric Otolaryngology Fellow Selection Committee (Spring annually)

Leadership and Memberships

Memberships in Professional Organizations


2010-present, American Society of Pediatric Otolaryngology (ASPO) (Member, Young Members Committee (2012-) Member, Research Committee (2013-2016))

2006-present, Association for Research in Otolaryngology (ARO)

2005-present, Society for Ear, Nose and Throat Advances in Children (SENTAC)

2004-present, American Academy of Pediatrics

2002-present, Walter P. Work Society (MI Otolaryngology Society)

1998-present, American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery (AAO-HNS)